Prince William meets US President Joe Biden ahead of Earthshot Prize

Prince William meets President Joe Biden (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Prince William met US President Joe Biden in Boston ahead of his environmental award ceremony.

Kensington Palace described the 30-minute talks between the pair as “warm, friendly and substantive”.

President Biden jokingly asked “Where’s your top?” as William neared the end of a visit to the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on a sunny but cool day.

The Prince of Wales thanked him for traveling to London for the late Queen’s funeral in September and they both shared memories of the monarch.

A palace spokesperson said Mr Biden wanted to know more about William’s Earthshot Prize and the stories of the finalists, including the Great Bubble Barrier, 2022 finalist in the Revive Our Oceans category.

William said he wanted to “amplify” the impact of his Earthshot Prize finalists to inspire a “desperate world” that there is a way forward.

He described himself as a “stubborn optimist” in an article published hours before the start of his environmental award ceremony, held in the American city of Boston.

US President Joe Biden meets Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 2, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The Prince and the President at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston (Photo: AFP via Getty)

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive for the 2022 Earthshot Prize ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts on December 2, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/ AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

William and Kate on the green carpet (Photo: AFP via Getty Images Source: AFP

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/Shutterstock (13646664al) Catherine Princess of Wales Prince William and Catherine Princess of Wales visit the Earthshot Prize Awards, MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - December 02, 2022 Final Engagement du Prince and Princess' trip to Boston will see them attend the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at MGM Music Hall in Fenway, where the 2022 winners will be announced.

The Princess of Wales at the Earthshot Prize Awards at MGM Music Hall in Fenway, Boston (Photo: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/Shutterstock (13646664r) David Beckham Prince William and Catherine Princess of Wales visit Earthshot Prize Awards, MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - December 02, 2022 Prince's Final Engagement and Princess' trip to Boston will see them attend the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at MGM Music Hall in Fenway, where the 2022 winners will be announced.

David Beckham was to present one of the five awards (Photo: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 02: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales and John Kerry speak before the 2022 Earthshot Awards at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The Welsh speak with John Kerry (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Singer Billie Eilish will lead a stellar entertainment lineup at the ceremony, which aims to celebrate and develop environmental solutions to fix the planet.

Former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham will present one of five prizes, with each category winner receiving £1million to develop their project.

Writing in the Huffington Post, the future king said of the finalists: “The Earthshot Prize wants to find the best of them all. We want to celebrate and support them, not only to reinforce their positive impact, but also to demonstrate to a desperate world that there is an optimistic path forward.

“The dire predictions about our natural world aren’t the only aspect of this story, and they don’t have to be our future.”

Ahead of the event taking place Friday night at Fenway’s MGM Music Hall, backstage photographs of William and Kate attending a Thursday rehearsal for the ceremony have been released.

But the couple’s three-day trip to Boston, which ends on Friday, was overshadowed by the racing line which saw William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, resign as royal aide after being repeatedly questioned a prominent British-born black charity boss to find out where she’s “really coming from.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for the second annual Earthshot Awards ceremony at MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston, Massachusetts, where the 2022 winners will be announced.  Picture date: Friday December 2, 2022. PA Photo.  See the PA ROYAL Earthshot story.  Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for the second annual Earthshot Awards ceremony (Picture: PA)

A trailer promoting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix docuseries was released on Thursday, with the moment interpreted by some royal commentators as a snub to William and Kate.

William wrote about the thinking behind his award and how he was inspired by President John F Kennedy’s successful “Moonshot” ambition to put a man on the moon.

He said: “We face a challenge as seemingly insurmountable as putting a person on the moon: to reverse the damage done to our planet and put us on the path to a more sustainable future.

“Fixing our planet isn’t going to be easy, but the case for action to protect our natural world is undeniable.”

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